Last Drinks – Carlton 2016 Preview

BLUE CHIP INVESTMENT
Patrick CRIPPS – Mid – $519,600

There is no better player to focus your attention on this SC season for the Blues than young midfield dynamo Patrick CRIPPS. In 2015, while the rest of his team were floundering, CRIPPS was the steady, consistent, durable and inspirational leader of the midfield and took out the team’s best and fairest award – all in what was essentially his rookie season, after only 3 games in 2014.

His 20 games in 2015 netted a SC average of 96.3, the highlight being a massive 172 pt game against St Kilda in round 4. He also finished with 5 of the last 6 games over 100 pts – no mean feat at all. You’d expect he’ll only get better in 2016, and is only selected in 8% of teams at the current time.
NAB SCORES : 107

MID PRICE POTENTIAL
Nick GRAHAM – Mid – $390,100

Owned in 2.28% of SC teams so far this pre-season, most would not have even considered GRAHAM in their calculations, let alone even known who he is. With averages over the last three years of 57 pts in 2013 (2 games), 48 pts in 2014 (8 games) and 80 in 2015 (6 games) he has hardly set the world on fire, but a glance at his NAB form in the Blues three games so far this preseason suddenly makes you sit up and notice.

Have a look at the numbers below, and he instantly looks like a breakout candidate – but can you take the chance at that awkward price?
NAB SCORES : 111, 109 and 100

SEE EVERY NAB CHALLENGE SCORE RIGHT HERE

POINT OF DIFFERENCE
Matthew KRUEZER – Ruck – $481,900

The word potential can be pretty ugly when it comes to AFL football, and Matthew KRUEZER embodies that notion perfectly. Drafted at pick #1 in the 2007 draft, KRUEZER has shown extended glimpses of what he is capable of over those years, but has never really seemed to take the game by the scruff of the neck and dominate.

With SC score averages throughout those years of 60, 79, 82, 77, 92, 98, 69 and then 89 from 13 games last season, KRUEZER seems like he might have a full preseason behind him and be in good shape for the coming year. His NAB form has been solid without being spectacular, but could 2016 be the year he finally breaks the shackles of expectation?
NAB SCORES : 90 and 68

ROOKIE
Jacob WEITERING – Defence – $220,800

Ironically also a #1 pick in the draft of 2015, WEITERING has been touted as a young defender ready to step right into the demands of AFL football, and he hasn’t missed a beat since being claimed by the Blues.

At 195 cm and 90 kg he certainly has the physical attributes, but his reading of the play and intercept marking is what sets him apart – and the leadership qualities Carlton desperately need. Averaging 8 marks a game in the TAC Cup, WEITERING could see plenty of the ball this season – and rack up some good scores in the process. He’s currently in 31% of teams, so don’t miss the boat.
NAB SCORES : 99 and 64

STAY AWAY
Andrew WALKER – Defence/Forward – $335,900

What on earth has happened to the career of Andrew WALKER? Pick #2 in the 2003 draft, the versatile swingman gradually increased his SC scoring average almost on an annual basis until he reached his peak in 2013, averaging 106 pts per game from 21 matches and sitting comfortable in the elite bracket.

That year he had 13 games over 100 pts, including 5 games over 130 pts – he was a star. But how he has fallen. An average of 88 pts per game in 2014 and a paltry 62 pts per game last year have seen him understandably fall out of favour amongst fantasy coaches, who are avoiding him like the plague. Incredibly he’s owned in 3% of teams, but even at that price, STAY AWAY.
NAB SCORES : 21 


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